An Indiana church recently opened the state's largest food pantry that will benefit thousands of families each month and serve its community through workshops, aimed to help individuals in need gain fundamental life skills.
For years, Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood, Ind., has operated two food pantries in different locations. Now the new pantry, The Community Ministry Center, housed in a 15,000 square-foot facility, will combine the resources found in both locales to serve over 3,000 families each month.
"The vision for this ministry is to be able to offer classes that help with fundamental life skills, skills that will improve the quality of daily life for our clients," said Tracy Watson, the ambassador coordinator for Mount Pleasant, to The Christian Post. "Offering food and clothing will help meet their immediate needs, but we are looking forward to investing in their lives." more >>
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a ban on the feeding of homeless people in public spaces even as the city's homeless population has dramatically defied a national decline.
The county's homeless population stands at 57,737, a 15 percent increase from 2011 to 2013, reports the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As the population moves into areas like West Hollywood, Venice and Brentwood, it has frustrated homeowners and led two city council members, Tom LaBonge and Mitch O'Farrell, to introduce a resolution that would ban outdoor feeding.
But even while the rest of the city grapples with the influx of homeless people, the majority of them are still concentrated in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Skid Row. Back in the 1970s, the city decided to intentionally concentrate homeless and drug addiction services like missions, shelters and recovery centers in the neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. more >>
A pastor from a cowboy church in Big Sandy, Texas has voluntarily decided to brave the cold for nearly two weeks in an effort to raise awareness for a food and toy drive that will benefit local families in need this holiday season.
Pastor Chad Lee from Sit'em Down Cowboy Church decided to sacrifice the comfort of his warm home to camp out in a tent on the side of his town's highway as a way to help others who have less than him.
"There are people who go through this every day and I'm just doing it for 13 days, said Lee to the Christian Post. "It's not about Chad Lee, it's about what the Lord can do when people allow Him in their lives and what He can do to change them, no matter what situation they're in." more >>
Controversial conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said that President Barack Obama is "having an orgasm" over Pope Francis' recent thoughts in his "Evangelii Gaudium," an "apostolic exhortation," where the Roman Catholic Church leader condemned global inequality and the "tyrannical" world economic system.
"This is the president citing the pope, his new best friend, because the pope is ripping America, the pope [is] ripping capitalism," Limbaugh said on his show on Wednesday. "And Obama's having an orgasm. Jeremiah Wright is beside himself. Jeremiah Wright thought he was Obama's preacher, now [the] pope somehow has co-opted Obama."
The remarks were in response to Obama's recent comments on equality, where he mentioned the Vatican leader in a speech: "So the basic bargain at the heart of our economy has frayed. In fact, this trend towards growing inequality is not unique to America's market economy. Across the developed world, inequality has increased. Some of you may have seen just last week, the Pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. 'How can it be,' he wrote, 'that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?'" more >>
A columnist with the Fox News channel has compared the head of the Roman Catholic Church to President Barack Obama.
Adam Shaw, news editor at Fox, wrote in a column posted on the news channel's website on Wednesday that Pope Francis bears a strong resemblance to Obama in a negative manner.
"Pope Francis is undergoing a popularity surge comparable to the way Barack Obama was greeted by the world in 2008. And just as President Obama has been a disappointment for America, Pope Francis will prove a disaster for the Catholic Church," wrote Shaw. more >>
A Christ-centered network of microfinance institutions is helping to provide life-changing mobile banking services in greatly impoverished communities in Rwanda so that people could find more security in life.
"I think mHose helps me not sin as much. As president of the trust group, it's very difficult to get everyone in the group to pay on time. It's possible to find me cursing on phone or even yelling at them in person. Basically, it lowers my stress level when people are accountable and pay on time," Queen Nyirinkwaya, a married Rwanda woman with two daughters and a growing timber business, said in an interview shared with The Christian Post.
"mHose has made it easier for everyone to pay on time. Most people say they pay late because they don't want to leave their business, travel a long way, and stand in long lines. They hesitate because they don't know how long that will take." more >>